Wilbur-Ellis

The great time saver for Wilbur-Ellis is that we do not have to look at every incident and event all day, every day thanks to Alert Logic’s ActiveIntelligence and ActiveWatch teams.

Rick Cahoon, Director Enterprise Security and Support


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Protecting the Future of Cultivation
Managed Security Services for Agribusiness

Wilbur-Ellis is a privately held agriculture, chemical, seed, fertilizer, and services retailer headquartered in the United States. Their mission is to provide growers the newest and best technology to improve their return on investment. With over 250 locations worldwide, Wilbur-Ellis experienced strong annual growth, becoming a $3.1 billion-dollar organization and ranking on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Although with such rapid growth, their IT department was discovering new complexities and challenges. The agriculture industry, in general, has gone through a technological revolution by adding diverse mobile devices as part of the success metric for growing higher yielding and quality crops.  With multiple business units and diverse mobile technologies, Wilbur-Ellis needed to simplify and optimize their IT infrastructure while ensuring security across the enterprise. They needed solid security solutions and expertise for AWS.


I think there are certain pieces to a security program that are foundational upon which to build. A big step to getting on the path of developing a comprehensive security strategy took place when we implemented a next generation firewall. At that point, it was clear we needed to go beyond password and perimeter security.

Rick Cahoon, Director Enterprise Security and Support.

Why Alert Logic?

Wilbur-Ellis tested Alert Logic® Cloud Defender™ and saw the managed solution as a clear leader. Among several other security solutions tested, Alert Logic provided the team alerts and nightly reports to ensure protection on key assets. Cahoon’s team receives those reports via email first thing every morning. With Cloud Defender in place, Wilbur-Ellis has threat detection, vulnerability scanning, log management, and web application protection that bolster their security posture.

Cahoon pointed out that while the products provide tremendous value, it is the people and technology behind Alert Logic® ActiveIntelligence™ and Alert Logic® ActiveWatch that provide actionable insight to their security landscape. “The ActiveWatch analysts correlate events they see within our environment to show us when there may be something we need to act upon. The great time saver for Wilbur-Ellis is that we do not have to look at every incident and event all day, every day thanks to Alert Logic’s ActiveIntelligence and ActiveWatch teams.

With Alert Logic as an extension to their security team, Wilbur-Ellis gains the insight to focus on the escalations that truly matter without wasting time investigating false positives. This not only demonstrates the company’s unrelenting commitment to their customers, but also gives their IT department time to focus on key business projects. With Alert Logic’s managed security solutions, Wilbur-Ellis can layer in security controls where needed and ensures best practices in their security and compliance.